You may or may not know Felix Kjellberg, but if you haven’t been living under a rock, you’ll probably recognize his pseudonym. Kjellberg, popularly known as PewDiePie, remains one of YouTube’s biggest stars with almost 100 million subscribers. And that’s precisely why his latest antics aren’t just in bad taste – they’re altogether reckless.
Consider this. PewDiePie, who reportedly pocketed a cool $15 million in 2018 from YouTube, has faced criticism for making anti-Semitic jokes, and that didn’t do much to deter his popularity. But now he is on a different mission altogether – get people killed.
At least that’s what his latest Meme Review threatens to do.
PewDiePie wants you to raid Area 51
Facebook has gone absolutely insane, with everyone from your conspiracy theorist uncle to your favorite movie star signing on to storm Area 51 on Sept. 20 to “see them aliens.”
The event has gone viral and gained tremendous momentum. Over 1.3 million users say they will attend the event, and another 1 million report that they’re “interested.”
And there’s been a noticeable spike in interest since Kjellberg dropped his latest Meme Review.
When PewDiePie posted his video on YouTube, there were 841,000 people who were “going” to the event, with another 740,000 marking themselves as interested. In just one day since his video came out, almost 500,000 more people have registered.
Sure, the whole thing might be a joke, but it’s yielding PewDiePie some serious cash. His video riffing on Area 51 has already been viewed more than 7 million times.